Miss Whitwood, Mrs Chambers, Miss Freeman and Mrs Wright
A great week for Kingfishers
Friday 15th November 2019
We have had a great week in Kingfishers!
In maths, we started the week by using pictorial images to subtract numbers and then moved on to the formal written method. To end the week, we applied what we learnt to word problems. We are developing our understanding of problems and what they are asking.
In English, we continue to work on our focus text "Elf Road." We have identified the structure of the story and used drama to identify how the main character is feeling at different points throughout the text.
In topic, we read the story of Beowulf. We discussed how the story helps us identify what the culture was like in Anglo Saxon times. We then created a story map to retell the story in our own words.
In our indoor PE sessions, we have begun our circuit unit with 8 different activities to complete. We completed activities like skipping, star jumps and squats.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had a visitor to help us with the Christmas Shoe Box appeal. The class produced some great pieces of writing, some of which will be shared during Sunday's church service.
Kingfisher's star of the week this week is Ethan for being focused in lessons and for always ensuring his presentation is neat. He has also been a very kind friend. Well done Ethan.
Have a good weekend.
Straight back into hard work!
Friday 8th November 2019
Kingfishers have had a great attitude coming back to school this week. Even though we have only been back 4 days, we have learnt lots and have worked really hard.
In maths, we began to look at subtraction by using base ten to practically subtract numbers. We used this resource to help us understand what it means to exchange when subtracting.
In English, we began to look at our focus text for our new unit on narratives. We identified who the main character was and then identified the key events. We created a story map to help us become familiar with our text.
In Science, we completed a Science experiment investigating weight. We dropped different items into a container of flour and studied what the flour looked like when the different objects were taken out. We really enjoyed this experiment.
In topic, we used a variety of Anglo Saxon non-fiction books to gather research on what they wore and ate, as well as what they did for work and what their hobbies were.
In outdoor PE, we began to learn how to play tag rugby. We learnt what it is and then practiced how to throw and catch a rugby ball.
The Royal British Legion joined us for assembly on Thursday to discuss Remembrance day and why people wear a poppy.
Well done Kingfishers for all your hard work this week.
Have a good weekend.
End of our first half term!
Friday 25th October 2019
Kingfishers have completed lots of work in our last week of term. We have had a very busy week with a lot of learning.
Kingfishers started their addition and subtraction unit this week in maths. At the beginning of the week, we practically solved addition calculations using base ten and counters. We used the bar model to represent these calculations and then in Friday's lesson began to use the written column method.
In Literacy, Kingfishers completed a poetry lesson which they had to perform, carefully thinking about their tone of voice, body movements and facial expressions. Towards the end of the week, they completed a cold write task, which was to write a short narrative. Narratives will be our Literacy unit after half term.
In Science, we summarised all of our learning on magnets by creating an information leaflet, explaining what they are, how they work and how they are used.
In netball, Kingfishers participated in a netball match, using all the skills they have learnt over the last 8 weeks. The score was 1-1.
Reading buddies on Thursday was another success. It was great to see Kingfishers enjoy reading with the younger children.
Congratulations to Ruby H who is this week's star of the week. Ruby is always determined to do the very best that she can and always wants to improve her work where possible. Well done Ruby.
Well done to all of Kingfishers. We received a certificate in Friday's assembly for having 100% attendance last week. A fantastic achievement by everybody.
Have a great week off everyone.
Friday 18th October 2019
We had a great start to the week! We had a visitor in school who taught us more about the Anglo Saxons as well as the Vikings. We were given the opportunity to dress in clothes that the Anglo Saxons would have worn as well as some of the armour they wore. We had a really good day and learnt lots of interesting facts.
In Maths, Kingfishers have come to the end of their place value unit. We finished by learning about negative numbers. Next week, we will start our addition and subtraction unit.
In Literacy, we completed our setting description hot write, using a picture of a scary looking house as our stimulus.
In Science, we investigated how magnets are used and where they might be found. We used the ipads to research where magnets might be used.
Congratulations to Tillie who is Kingfishers star of the week this week. Tillie made fantastic contributions to our Viking Saxon day and she is always one of the first to show she is ready to learn. Well done Tillie.
Have a good weekend.
Friday 11th October 2019
This week has been very different for Kingfishers, as most of the Year 5s did Bikeability from Monday to Thursday. It has been fantastic to see all the children enjoy it and learn so much from it.
Back in class, at the beginning of the week, we completed rounding problems. We had to think carefully about what questions were asking and unpick them. Later on in the week, we learnt how to count up and down in different multiples of 10.
In Literacy, we practised writing some of the key features that are found in setting descriptions. Towards the end of the week, we planned our own setting description which we will write next week.
In Science, we used magnets to investigate which items around the classroom are magnetic and which aren't.
In our indoor PE lesson, we combined everything we have learnt so far in gymnastics and created a routine which we peer assessed.
Well done to Ethan who is this week's star of the week. He always comes into school with a smile on his face and always demonstrates the school values. Congratulations Ethan.
Working hard in Kingfishers class
Friday 4th October 2019
We have had a great week in Kingfishers and have completed lots of learning!
In Literacy, we started to look at setting descriptions. We identified the key features of setting descriptions and showed our understanding of an example text by drawing pictures.
In Maths, we have done lots of work on rounding. We all rounded to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and some of us have started to round to the nearest 10,000 and 100,000! We have also spent time over the week playing a times table game to help us develop our fluency.
In Science, we learnt about magnets and how they work. We did an investigation using two magnets to see what happens when the same poles, as well as different poles, are put together. We really enjoyed this challenge.
In topic, we researched who the Picts were and how they link to the Anglo Saxons. We used Ipads to do this and made lots of notes.
We used water colours in art as we are learning about Monet and are practising some of the techniques he used.
We had another successful reading buddies session this week which was lovely to see. It is great to see Kingfishers support Magpies with their reading.
Congratulations to Carter for being star of the week this week. Carter has worked really hard in all subjects, especially in maths where he has challenged himself and has showed lots of focus.
In Friday's celebration assembly, we were awarded another attendance award for last week, which means we have had the highest attendance two weeks running! Keep it going Kingfishers!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Harvest Church Service Week
Friday 27th September 2019
Like every week so far, Kingfishers have been working extremely hard on their learning.
This has been very apparent in maths, where we have been identifying missing numbers at the ends of number lines. At the beginning of the week, we found this quite tricky, but now, at the end of the week, we are super stars at it. We persevered and it is clearly seen in our books.
In Literacy, we completed our hot write, writing a non-chronological report about the Anglo Saxons. We started the week researching facts about the Anglo Saxons, and then put these facts into a planning format. From there, we wrote a draft of our report and then wrote our hot write.
We conducted our own experiment in Science this week. We used force meters to measure the amount of force it takes to pull an item across different surfaces.
We would like to say thank you to all the parents who joined us at the church on Thursday to celebrate Harvest. We enjoyed creating and sharing our poem about the rainforest. In our lesson, we discussed why it is an important part of our planet and why we should be thankful for it.
Well done to Emily for being our star of the week this week. Emily is always ready to learn and has a fantastic attitude towards her learning.
Finally, a massive well done to the whole class as we had the highest attendance for last week. Keep it up!
Have a lovely weekend.
So much learning!
Friday 20th September 2019
Kingfishers have been working really hard this week in all subjects. There has been lots of learning!
In Maths, Kingfishers have continued to develop their place value knowledge and have been focusing on partitioning numbers. On Thursday, they applied this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions.
In Literacy, the class have written their own information text. Every day they have focused on one section of the text and then have built on it the following day.
In PE, the class continue to develop their skills in both gymnastics and netball. In gymnastics, the class practised jumping skills and used some of the apparatus and in netball, Kingfishers learnt the rules of footwork.
In our Topic lesson, the children learnt what Britain was like before the Anglo Saxons invaded, who they were and where they came from.
This afternoon, Friday University started. The class were excited about the 4 different sessions: animation, origami, Spanish and yoga.
Finally, well done to Nathan, who is this week's star of the week, for always being ready to learn and for always having a great attitude to learning.
Another great week for Kingfishers!
Friday 13th September
Kingfishers have had a busy week, getting back into school routines with lots of learning.
At the beginning of the week, the class learnt Roman Numerals, and then applied this learning to reasoning problems. Every child worked really hard at this and were starting to challenge themselves. Towards the end of this week, Kingfishers have focused on place value, looking at 4 and 5 digit numbers.
In English, we have focused our learning on information texts. We identified the key features, and then practised writing some of these, including a glossary. Fronted adverbials have been our grammar focus this week.
Our PE lesson on gymnastics focused on movement. The class had to consider different ways of moving around the hall. Some ideas were very original!
Thursday afternoon was very exciting! Each child buddied up with a child from Year 2. They then listened to each other read. It was lovely to watch. The class are looking forward to working alongside their buddies again soon.
The class have worked really hard this week, and it has been fantastic to see the progress they have already made.
A fantastic start for Kingfisher class.
Friday 6th September
Everyone in Kingfisher class has settled really well back into school life. The class as well as parents have been very welcoming.
The class have had lots of fun completing different activities related to our new topic. They have designed and made their own shields, sketched Anglo Saxon helmets and played a number of PE games related to invasion. The class have really enjoyed all three of these lessons. Kingfisher class also had the opportunity to write their own messages to each other in Anglo Saxon runes.
The class voted for their school council representatives this week. They planned their own speech, stating why the class should vote for them as a well as sharing their ideas on how they could make the school even better. The class then voted, writing two names on a slip of paper. Congratulations Ollie and Beth who were voted Kingfisher class school council members.
Aella, Mai, Ethan and Lilia were very busy over them summer holiday as they completed the summer reading challenge. They had to read 6 books! Well done to all four of you. They received a certificate as well as a medal for all the fantastic reading they completed.